Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Sonographers perform technical procedures necessary to produce diagnostic sonograms, provide quality patient care, and are committed to professionalism and life-long learning. Sonographers use special equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into patients’ bodies to create images to aid diagnosing ailments. In addition to working with patients, sonographers main patient records and adjust and maintain equipment.
Sonographers work in clean, well-lit hospitals and healthcare facilities. They are required to stand for long periods of time and may need to lift, turn, or position patients so that body parts can be properly radiographed. Full-time sonographers usually work 40 hours a week, and may be required to work evening and weekend hours when they are on call.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow by 44 percent between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As ultrasound imaging technology evolves, it will be used by medical facilities as a substitute for procedures that are costly, invasive, or those that expose patients to radiation. The use of sonography will continue to increase as patients, when given the option, choose to avoid exposure to radiation or undergo invasive procedures. Although hospitals remain the primary employer of diagnostic medical sonographers, employment is expected to grow more rapidly in physicians' offices and in medical and diagnostic laboratories.
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.Career information courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.